Morris Animal Foundation announces new equine and animal welfare advisory members

dvm360dvm360 November 2021
Volume 52

Morris Animal Health welcomes 5 new accredited members further striving to accelerate animal health and well-being.

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Morris Animal Foundation, a nonprofit organization funding scientific research to advance animal health and well-being, has announced 4 new members to its equine scientific advisory board, plus 1 new member to its animal welfare advisory board.

“We are honored to welcome our new advisory board members, and appreciate the depth of international experience they bring, particularly in this year’s equine research focus area of colic,” said Janet Patterson-Kane, PhD, BVSc, chief scientific officer at Morris Animal Foundation, in a prepared statement.

Individuals on the equine scientific advisory board are volunteer experts in their industry who help ensure fair, unbiased funding decisions to improve horse health worldwide. Those on the animal welfare advisory board review approved studies to guarantee they advance health while protecting animal welfare.

Joining the equine scientific advisory board team are the following:

Debra Archer, BVM&S, PhD, CertESTS, DipECVS, MRCVS: Archer is the professor of equine surgery at the University of Liverpool’s Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital in the United Kingdom and is the University of Liverpool’s lead for veterinary clinical research. Her clinical interests include all areas of equine surgery and emergency care, with a specific interest in colic. Archer is the lead investigator of the International Colic Surgery Audit, involving multiple clinics worldwide, and a large, multicenter clinical trial (CHARIOT lidocaine trial).

Sarah Freeman, BVetMed CertVA, CertVR, PhD, CertES(Soft Tissue), DipECVS MRCVS Associate: Freeman is a professor of veterinary surgery at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Freeman’s research interests include wound management, end-of-life decision-making, and clinical disease in horses, consisting of colic and musculoskeletal disease. She leads the Nottingham Equine Colic Project that assists owners and veterinarians with early recognition and assessment of equine colic.

Pat Harris, MA, PhD, VetMB, DipECVCN, MRCVS: Harris is a European specialist in veterinary clinical and comparative nutrition, and serves as director of science for Mars Horsecare, Head of the WALTHAM Equine Studies Group at the Waltham Petcare Science Institute and scientific adviser for MARS EQUESTRIAN Sponsorship. As a leading expert in equine nutrition, she collaborates with experts at institutes and universities worldwide on equine health and nutrition research.

Mathijs Theelen, DVM, BKO, ECEIM: Theelen is a specialist in equine internal medicine and head of the foal intensive care unit at Utrecht University’s Equine Hospital in the Netherlands. His clinical interests include antimicrobial susceptibility and resistance in horses and foals, and the role of the gut microbiome in overall equine health.

Joining the animal welfare advisory board team is the following:

Kat Littlewood, BVSc(Dist), PGDipVCSc(Dist), AFHEA, MANZCVS(Animal Welfare): Littlewood is a veterinarian in the animal welfare science and bioethics centre at Massey University in New Zealand. Her research interests include animal welfare and behavior, veterinary ethics, human behavior change for animals and end-of-life decision-making.


Morris Animal Foundation welcomes new equine and animal welfare advisory members. News release. Morris Animal Foundation. September 20, 2021. Accessed September 29, 2021.

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